First Official AMD R9 290X Benchmarks Appear

If you’re wondering how AMD’s forthcoming R9 290X GPU fairs against Nvidia’s GTX 780, wonder no more. Well, wonder a little still, actually, as you should always take non-independent numbers with a grain of salt.

During a demo in Montreal yesterday, AMD took its own R9 290X and did some public 4K benchmarking against Nvidia’s GTX 780. Each card was paired with an identical test setup: a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i7 3960X processor, an MSI X79A-GD65 motherboard, 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and Windows 7 64-bit with SP1. AMD’s R9 290X ran with Catalyst 13.11 beta drivers installed, while the Nvidia driver of choice was 331.40 (the latest beta driver for 700 series cards).

Both cards ran Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider at the standard 4K resolution: 3840×2160. And the results are…

BioShock Infinite

3840×2160 | Ultra Preset

  • AMD Radeon R9 290X “Quiet Mode” average frame rate: 44.25
  • NVIDIA GTX 780 average frame rate: 37.67

Tomb Raider (2013)

3840×2160 | AF: 16x, TressFX: Off, AA: FXAA, Texture Quality: Ultra, Shadows: On, High, SSAO: Ultra, DOF: Ultra, Reflections: High, LOD: Ultra, Post Process: On, High Precision RT: On, Tessellation: On

  • AMD Radeon R9 290X “Quiet Mode” average frame rate: 40.2
  • NVIDIA GTX 780 average frame rate: 34.5

In both cases, the R9 280X 290X represents a 15 percent performance bump over the older GTX 780. Not too shabby for a five-month release date separation.

There’s still no official word on a release date and price for either the R9 290 and R9 290X, but with Battlefield 4 quickly approaching, both cards should hit eRetailers everywhere quite soon.

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